The Dodgers will draft 24th and 35th in June. Hold onto your red grading pens.

James Shields

The San Diego Padres won’t draft until 41st overall in June because they signed James Shields. (Getty Images)

When James Shields‘ contract with the San Diego Padres becomes official — he’s reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year contract — the Dodgers will hold the 35th overall pick in the June draft.

That’s in addition to the 24th overall pick that was theirs by virtue of their 2014 regular season record.

None of this became official until today, when the 2015 draft order was finally set. Why did it take so long?

Because Shields rejected a qualifying offer from the Kansas City Royals before signing with the Padres, the Padres forfeited the 13th overall pick in the draft (and won’t draft until the 41st overall pick). And because Shields was the last unsigned free agent who’d rejected a qualifying offer, every team can confidently say where it will pick June 8.

That’s the short version of what went into setting the draft order; has a nice breakdown of the particulars.

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Dodgers sign their fourth and seventh-round draft picks; more than half of 2014 picks signed.

Fourth-round draft pick Jeff Brigham and seventh-round draft pick Trevor Oaks have signed with the Dodgers. Six of the team’s first 10 draft picks are now under contract.

Brigham, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Washington, signed for his assigned slot value of $396,300. Oaks, a right-hander from Division II California Baptist University, signed for just under slot.

The Dodgers are known to have signed 21 of their 40 draft picks, including their second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh-round selections. First-round draft pick Grant Holmes headlines the list of unsigned players; the Dodgers have some wiggle room to spend more than Holmes’ assigned slot value of $1,980,500.

The Dodgers announced 10 other players who signed this week: 13th-round selection Ryan Taylor (RHP, Arkansas Tech), 14th-round selection Kelvin Ramos (SS, San Jacinto College North), 15th-rounder Joe Broussard (RHP, Louisiana State), 17th-rounder David Wampler (SS, Indiana St.), 18th-rounder Clint Freeman (1B, East Tennessee St.), 20th-round selection Brian Wolfe (OF, Washington), 21st-rounder Osvaldo Vela (SS, Oklahoma Baptist), 22nd-round selection Charles “Bubby” Rossman (RHP, Cal-State Dominguez Hills), 26th-round selection Deion Ulmer (2B, Holmes JC), 31st-rounder Derrick Sylvester (RHP, Southern New Hampshire).

Carson Baranik, the Dodgers’ 33rd-round pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette University, announced his signing via Twitter.

Dodgers sign two draft picks, reportedly agree to terms with a third.

The Dodgers announced two more 2014 draft picks have signed contracts: 10th-rounder Colin Hering (OF, Coastal Carolina) and 16th-rounder Devan Ahart (OF, University of Akron).

In addition, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reportedDodgers sign that LSU closer Joe Broussard, the Dodgers’ 15th-round draft pick, agreed to terms Tuesday.

Dodgers sign six 2014 draftees, including second- and third-round picks.

The Dodgers announced Wednesday that five players chosen in the amateur draft last week have signed contracts: Second-round pick Alex Verdugo, fifth-round pick Jared Walker (3B, McEachern HS, GA), ninth-rounder Matthew Campbell (RHP, Clemson), 32nd-rounder Scott De Jong (1B, Felician College, NJ) and 37th-rounder Karch Kowalczyk (RHP, Valparaiso, IN).

In addition, third-round draft pick John Richy announced that he had signed with the Dodgers via Twitter and Instagram.

Verdugo ($914,600), Richy ($534,400), Walker ($296,700) and De Jong all signed for the draft-slot value assigned by Major League Baseball, according to a source. Kowalczyk and Campbell ($144,300) signed for less than their assigned slot values, so the Dodgers saved a little money toward their draft spending allotment — reportedly just under $5 million.

The newly signed players began reporting to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, Arizona yesterday.

Dodgers first-round draft pick Grant Holmes learned his curveball on YouTube.

Charisma didn’t seem to be Grant Holmes’ strongsuit yesterday when the teenage pitcher gave his first interview after being drafted 22nd overall by the Dodgers.

According to Logan White, the Dodgers’ director of amateur scouting, Holmes’ strongsuit is his curveball. And you’ll never believe where he learned that curveball: YouTube.

You heard that right.

“I can’t remember the YouTube video name,” he told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.

Listen to the full interview:

What to expect when the Dodgers draft today.

Craig Biggio

Craig Biggio might be the best 22nd overall draft pick in baseball history. Coincidentally, the Houston Astros have the first pick tonight. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have the 22nd and 62nd picks when the amateur draft begins with rounds one and two (plus compensation rounds) tonight. Logan White, the Dodgers’ VP of amateur scouting, is thrilled.

“I love picking down later,” he said, “because it means we’re doing well down here. There are guys who slip through the cracks.”

A sampling of past number-22 picks shows he’s right. The list includes Rafael Palmeiro (1985), Craig Biggio (1987), Jayson Werth (1997), current Twins closer Glen Perkins (2004) and emerging Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (2011). From 1980 to 2005 only one player drafted 22nd overall did not at least reach the major leagues, and even poor Charles Peterson (1993) had a career .290/.347/.431 slash line in 14 minor-league seasons.

I wrote yesterday about what makes this draft different. It’s the same thing, arguably more than any other, that’s made the entire MLB season different: Tommy John is again the most famous name in pitching. On Tuesday, Chris Withrow became the 21st major-league pitcher to have the ligament-replacement procedure since spring training began (technically he was brought up from the minors prior to the procedure).

The rash of younger pitchers needing the procedure — which carries a high rate of success but also a 12 to 18 month recovery period — could affect who falls to number 22.

“I would only be speculating,” White said, “but I imagine that people are going to go in the other direction, they’re going to be afraid to take a pitcher.”
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Dodgers sign 28 of 40 picks before deadline, including all of top 12.

The deadline for major-league teams to sign the amateur players they drafted in June has come and gone. The Dodgers signed 28 of their 40 draft picks after pitcher MJ Villegas, their 23rd-round pick, officially signed yesterday.

The highest draft pick not to sign was 13th-rounder Ty Damron, a Texas high schooler who has committed to Texas Tech University. In all the Dodgers signed 18 of their first 20 picks and 23 of their first 25.

Dodgers sign top draft picks Chris Anderson, Tom Windle, two others.

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson (foreground) and Tom Windle (background, right) visited Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

The Dodgers signed pitchers Chris Anderson and Tom Windle, their top two picks in the First-Year Player Draft last Thursday. Both signed for the assigned slot value — Anderson for $2,109,900 and Windle for $986,500 — and will report to the Dodgers’ facility in Glendale, Ariz for a week of training. They will then be assigned to Single-A Great Lakes.
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Daily Distractions: Yasiel Puig mythology grows; draft tidbits; have a doughnut.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig squares up his first major-league hit in his first major-league at-bat on Monday. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

Since at least 1916, no Dodgers player hit a grand slam in his first four major-league games. That changed Thursday night, when Yasiel Puig checked another milestone off his shrinking career checklist.

Puig is racking up RBIs at a record rate, too. He’s driven in nine, which ties the most RBIs through four games among players that began their career since 1920 (the year RBIs became an official statistic) per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Meanwhile, the superlatives are piling up.

“He is the Dodgers’ one-man version of Showtime, so far, on a team owned by the leader of Showtime, Magic Johnson,” writes Buster Olney.

“That is what makes Puig so fun: When he comes to bat you pay attention, regardless of the game score,” writes Tom Verducci. (Actually it’s more than that. Fans were paying attention Thursday when hits found their way to right field, and it first dawned on them that Puig would have to throw the baseball. You could literally hear the gasps and imagine the thoughts: “What’s he going to do?”).

“I do not believe he will be” a star, writes Keith Law. Wait, that’s from a month ago.

“Meantime, the game lurks,” writes Tim Brown. “It’ll come for even [Puig], like it did for (Jason) Heyward, and therein lies the fight. It’s what they’re all trying to do.

Some more bullet points for National Doughnut Day:

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